2015 Champions Tour Winners
In 2015, there were 18 different winners. Jeff Maggert was the first multiple winner of the season and claimed four titles, including two major championships. Billy Andrade won three times while Marco Dawson and Bernhard Langer both won twice. Six international players posted victories – Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain), David Frost (South Africa), Ian Woosnam (Wales), Colin Montgomeire (Scotland), Esteban Toledo (Mexico) and Langer (Germany). Nominees for 2015 Player of the Year include Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert, Colin Montgomerie, Billy Andrade and Marco Dawson. The winner will be announced December 14.
Miguel Angel Jimenez made a crucial 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to move one stroke ahead of Mark O’Meara and go on to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in his first appearance in the event. O’Meara was seeking his first win on the Champions Tour since 2010. Rocco Mediate, who shared the 36-hole lead with Jimenez, shot a final-round 2-under-par 70 to finish fourth. Fred Couples finished third. The victory marked Jimenez’s second Champions Tour title in his third start on Tour.
Paul Goydos won the Allianz Championship, edging Gene Sauers with a birdie on the final hole. Sauers birdied the last two holes to temporarily tie Goydos. However, Goydos bumped his chip shot from behind the 18th green to within three inches from the hole and tapped in for the victory. It was his second career title on the Champions Tour in his 12th appearance since turning 50 on June 20, 2014.
Lee Janzen defeated Bart Bryant at the first extra hole of sudden death to claim the ACE Group Classic, his first win on any Tour since the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, a span of 16 years, 7 months, 25 days. It was his 413th start since his victory and that includes all three Tours.
Marco Dawson shot rounds of 67-67-69—203 (-13) to claim his first Champions Tour win at the inaugural Tucson Conquistadores Classic at the Omni Tucson National Catalina Course. Bart Bryant, who lost in a playoff in to Lee Janzen in his last start at The ACE Group Classic, was a runner-up once again, finishing two strokes behind Dawson. It was also his fourth straight top-10 finish this year, the only player to have done so in the first four events. 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Mark O’Meara shot a final-round 66 to finish third. Jesper Parnevik finished T41 in his Champions Tour debut after rounds of 71-74-71. Two aces were recorded at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic – Jerry Smith in the opening round and Rod Spittle in the final round. The last time there were two aces in the same tournament was at the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic.
David Frost became the first international winner of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire and the second international winner this season, following Miguel Angel Jimenez (Mitsubishi Electric Championship). Despite incurring a one-stroke penalty on the 17th hole in the final round when he accidentally dropped his ball which moved his coin on the green, Frost sank a key six-foot par putt on the final green to post 10-under par, good enough for a one-shot victory over Tom Lehman and Kevin Sutherland. Lehman, Frost’s closest pursuer down the stretch, playing in the group behind him, missed a 20-foot birdie putt to tie on the 17th hole and then could not take advantage of a superb second shot into the final hole, missing a four-foot birdie putt that would have sent the event into a playoff.
Heavy overnight rain at TPC Sugarloaf on Saturday caused the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship to be cancelled and the beneficiary was Olin Browne who claimed the tournament without ever having to hit a shot in the final round. As it turned out, Browne’s six-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in Saturday’s second round for a 12-under total was the deciding stroke that kept him ahead of Bernhard Langer who had eagled the final hole just 10 minutes after Browne finished his round. Both Browne and Langer posted tournament-record 8-under 64s in the second round. Browne also set the 36-hole tournament record (132) and moved into the lead of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup.
Playing a near-perfect final round which included a hole-in-one on No. 12 by Joe Durant, the team of Billy Andrade and Durant pulled away from the field on the final day to win the 38th annual Bass Pro Shop Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge by three strokes over Sandy Lyle/Ian Woosnam, the 36-hole leaders. This marked the first time that both members of a team had earned their first Champions Tour victories in this tournament. Both Durant and Andrade were four-time winners on the PGA TOUR. World Golf Hall of Fame member Larry Nelson and his partner Bruce Fleisher went wire-to-wire to win the Legends Division title this year. Nelson and Fleisher finished with a 45-hole total of 12-under-par 139 which was three better than the team of World Golf Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus/Gary Player.
Former European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam of Wales holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Tom Lehman and Kenny Perry for the Insperity Invitational title. Woosnam, a runner-up finisher the previous week with teammate Sandy Lyle at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, started the final round three strokes off Michael Allen’s lead. While Allen faltered, Lehman and Perry made birdies over the closing four holes to catch Woosnam but the former Masters champion prevailed in overtime. It was Woosnam's first title on the Champions Tour in his 36th career start.
Jeff Maggert won the first major championship of the year on the Champions Tour, outlasting Kevin Sutherland in a playoff to claim the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek with a par at the first extra hole. Both players finished regulation play at 14-under. Maggert appeared to have the advantage in regulation when, on the par-5 17th hole, he hit the green in two, but then three-putted from 16 feet, missing a three-footer for birdie that would have given him the lead with one hole to play. He eventually holed a three-footer to win after Sutherland had made bogey in sudden death.
Colin Montgomerie posted his third Champions Tour win with a four-stroke victory over Esteban Toledo at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at the testing Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana. Montgomerie scored 8-under 280 to become the second player in Champions Tour history, and first since Jack Nicklaus, to make his first three victories all major championships. Woody Austin finished third at 3-under 285. Massy Kuramoto’s 1-under 71 in the opening round to lead was the highest score to lead the championship after the first round in almost 60 years.
Mark Calcavecchia closed with a 3-under-par 69 for a one-stroke victory at the Principal Charity Classic over Brian Henninger and Joe Durant. Calcavecchia finished with a 54-hole total of 12-under-par 204 and his first victory since the 2012 Montreal Championship. Calcavecchia has now finished in the top five in all five starts at the Principal Charity Classic. Davis Love III finished T5 in his return to action following foot surgery two months earlier while Carlos Franco finished T64 in his Champions Tour debut.
With an eight-stroke lead after 54 holes, Bernhard Langer just needed to avoid any missteps during the final round of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Belmont CC in Boston. The World Golf Hall of Fame member did just that, firing a final-round 3-under-par 68 to finish with a 72-hole total of 19-under-par 265 and a six-stroke victory over Kirk Triplett in defense of his 2014 crown. Triplett posted the day’s low round, a 7-under-par 64, to secure second at 13-under-par, while Joe Durant, Colin Montgomerie and Russ Cochran shared third place at 10-under-par. Langer became the first player since Arnold Palmer (1984-85) to win this title back-to-back. He was also the third player, along with Palmer (1985) and Jack Nicklaus (1990), to win wire-to-wire in this championship.
U.S. Senior Open champion Colin Montgomerie was the lone Champions Tour member to make the cut at the U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay, finishing T64 in his 17th U.S. Open appearance. Montgomerie was the oldest player in the field at 51. Two-time U.S. Open champion and 2015 ACE Group Classic winner Lee Janzen (+9) and 2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship winner Miguel Angel Jimenez (+8) missed the 36-hole cut (+5).
Three-time PGA TOUR winner Jeff Maggert won his second major title on the Champions Tour this year, claiming the U.S. Senior Open Championship by two strokes over Colin Montgomerie after posting 10-under 270 at Del Paso CC in Sacramento. Maggert won the Regions Tradition earlier in the year. Bernhard Langer tied for third with Grant Waite, the only player in the field to shoot four sub-70 rounds, at 7-under. With Maggert’s two majors, the Champions Tour has now had a player win multiple major titles for the fourth consecutive year and in five of the last six years - (2015/Jeff Maggert, 2014/Colin Montgomerie, 2013/Kenny Perry, 2012/Roger Chapman and 2010/Bernhard Langer).
Champions Tour rookie Jerry Smith, who made 153 career PGA TOUR starts, holed a greenside bunker shot at the par-5 16th hole for an eagle to separate himself from David Frost and win his first career title at the Encompass Championship at North Shore CC in Chicago. Smith started the day with a three-stroke lead and eventually won by three thanks to a 4-under 32 on the back nine. Smith’s final-round 70 gave him a 54-hole total of 16-under 200, a tournament record.
The Open Championship at St. Andrews featured eight Champions Tour players. Bernhard Langer and Mark O’Meara posted 1-over 289 and finished near the tail of the field of those who made the cut.
Marco Dawson eagled the 14th hole to take the outright lead and then ended defending champion Bernhard Langer's hopes by draining a clutch 22-foot birdie on the final hole to hold off Langer and win the 2015 Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale. Dawson finished with a 72-hole total of 16-under-par 264, one better than Langer and three in front of Colin Montgomerie, a third-round co-leader with Dawson. Dawson played 413 events in his PGA TOUR career without a victory. He also made 161 starts on the Web.com Tour and won the 2002 LaSalle Bank Open near Chicago. Dawson, who claimed the Tucson Conquistadores Classic in March, joined Jeff Maggert as the second multiple winner this season.
Kenny Perry successfully defended his 3M Championship crown at TPC Twin Cities. Kevin Sutherland birdied the last hole to earn a share of second place with Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap. It marked Perry's eighth career title on the Champions Tour and first in the 2015 season. Perry is the first player in the 23-year history of the 3M Championship to successfully defend a title and he defended a TOUR event for the first time in his career.
Jeff Maggert blitzed the field with a final-round 6-under-par 64 for a four-stroke victory over Colin Montgomerie in the Shaw Charity Classic. Playing the final round with Montgomerie and Miguel Angel Jimenez, Maggert started the day two back of the former European Ryder Cuppers, but got off to a blistering start, shooting a 5-under-par 30 on the front nine and never looked back as he posted his third win of the year.
Billy Andrade rebounded from a triple-bogey seven on the 4th hole in the final round of the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge and then hung on to hold off a fast-closing Bernhard Langer by one stroke for his second Champions Tour win this season. Langer finished his round with back-to-back birdies. Hometown favorite Fred Couples finished in a tie for third.
Jeff Maggert overcame a four-stroke deficit at the start of the final round, shooting a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 on Sunday to defeat Paul Goydos by two strokes at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie GC in Endicott, NY. Goydos emerged to challenge Maggert on the back nine, getting within a stroke of Maggert at the 12th hole. However, he could never get closer than two strokes the rest of the way, missing makeable birdie putts on his last three holes from 15 feet or less.
Esteban Toledo claimed his third career Champions Tour title at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, shooting 9-under-par to hold off 66-year-old World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Watson by one stroke. Fellow Hall of Fame stars Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie were T3 with Woody Austin at 7-under. Mark O'Meara, a 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, teamed with Jack Avrit, from The First Tee of Central Coast (Calif.), to win the pro/junior competition.
Tom Lehman’s blistering finish, which included three birdies and an eagle over his final four holes proved to be the difference as he defeated Joe Durant by one stroke to win the SAS Championship. Lehman closed with a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 for a 54-hole total of 12-under-par 204.
In the most exciting Presidents Cup matches ever, Jay Haas captained the U.S. team to their sixth consecutive victory in the biennial competition in Incheon, South Korea, 15 ½-14 ½. It was Haas’ son, Bill, who clinched the winning point in the anchor match on Sunday, defeating Sangmoon Bae, one of two native-born South Koreans on Nick Price’s International team.
Bernhard Langer carded the low score of the tournament, a final-round 7-under-par 65, to win the San Antonio Championship at TPC San Antonio by three strokes over Scott Dunlap. The World Golf Hall of Fame member from Germany made three birdies over his final four holes and cruised to his second victory of the 2015 season and his 25th career title on the Champions Tour. Langer closed in style, tapping in for birdie at the short par-4 17th hole and then holing a 16-foot birdie putt on the last hole.
Beginning the final full-field event of the year at No. 30 on the money list, Duffy Waldorf was seeking a solid performance at the Toshiba Classic to maintain his spot and advance to the 30-man Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Waldorf set a new tournament record, shooting 20-under 193 at Newport Beach CC, including a second-round 60, to win his first Champions Tour event and jump to 19th on the money list. He won by two strokes over Joe Durant who shot a final-round 62. Kevin Sutherland was third at 17-under. Waldorf matched the Champions Tour record for most birdies in a 54-hole event with 26.
Billy Andrade two-putted from 25 feet for birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Bernhard Langer and win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain. Andrade made six birdies in his first 13 holes, but it was his clutch 20 footer for birdie at the final hole of regulation that allowed him to post a final-round 64 and more importantly, a cumulative 14-under-par cumulative total. The win was Andrade's third for the season and helped him advance to No. 4 and earn a $200,000 bonus in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition. Langer claimed his second-consecutive Charles Schwab Cup, and became the first player to win the Charles Schwab Cup three times in his career, earning a $1 million bonus for the third time.
Three players, Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert and Bernhard Langer, exceeded $2 million in Champions Tour earnings this season. This hasn’t happened since 2001, the same year the season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition was introduced, when Allen Doyle, Bruce Fleisher, Hale Irwin and Larry Nelson each surpassed $2 million in a season. Only two players have earned more than $3 million in one season (Hale Irwin/2002, Bernhard Langer/2014), but in each of those years only one additional player earned more than $2 million.